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DAR essay winners honored

Local students were honored at the Capt. John Wilson Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution awards ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Held at the McDuffie County Library, the ceremony featured the announcement of winners of the Good Citizen's Essay Contest, recognized all the nominees and included a reception for their families.

The DAR Good Citizen for 2009-2010 is Jackson Reddick, son of Frank and Martha Caroline Reddick.

"I was glad," Jackson said. "It really is an honor and hopefully, it will lead to more scholarship money."

Students are nominated to participate in the contest by their teachers and members of the local DAR chapter, said Sherri Smith, co-chairwoman of the Good Citizen program. Nomination is based on dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. In addition to Jackson, other Thomson High students nominated this year were Denzel Burley, Sarah Kellogg, Rodney Long and Joshua Rodgers.

"All those nominated are busy," Ms. Smith said. "They don't just go to school, but they are busy doing other things. And they are good at what they do. So, they aren't just hanging around."

Each student was presented a certificate during the ceremony.

"To be nominated is an honor in and of itself," Ms. Smith said. "I'm real proud of all who were nominated this year. ... The certificate says something really, really unique about your personality and your character."

Each student wrote an impromptu essay on a topic selected by the local DAR. Three judges were provided anonymous copies of students' essays and résumés, which they reviewed.

Jackson said he plans to attend Auburn University and major in landscape architecture. Ms. Smith asked the other nominees present at the ceremony about their plans after graduation. Sarah said she will attend North Georgia College and State University where she will major in history and secondary education. Rodney said he will attend Savannah College of Art and Design and major in game development.

"Be sure to mention on all your applications that you were nominated for this award. It's instantly recognizable," Ms. Smith said.

Web posted on Thursday, February 11, 2010

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